VISITORS to the National Trust’s Sizergh estate near Kendal can explore it in a totally different way thanks to the creation of a new orienteering course.

The route was launched by international orienteer Quentin Harding and Natalie Beadle, a member of the Great Britain youth team.

The new attraction was created by South Ribble Orienteering Club, which was England’s first orienteering organisation.

The aim is to introduce visitors to the sport, while showcasing the beauty of the Sizergh estate.

National Trust assistant ranger Sam Sharples said: “The Sizergh courses have been designed so there is no need for a compass.

“Instead, plotted across the map, are 15 red circles, numbered from one to 15, with a feature in the middle such as a crag or a gate.

“Somewhere near to these features will be the orienteering check points which comprise a red and white marker about the size of a postcard.

“On the marker should be the number which corresponds to the circle on the map and a letter which is recorded on the checksheet.”

Orienteering maps are on sale now from the shop at the Sizergh estate, costing £2.